A Norwegian query

BillH
21st February 2011, 16:45
I have been puzzled by conflicting information regarding the loss of the following vessel when in Norwegian ownership.

The basic question I would ask is this; Was she converted from tanker into a dry cargo and if so when?

Below are the details I currently have including the footnote which initiated the puzzle.

CHANT 4 (1944 - 1946)
O.N. 180229. 403g. 214n. 142.2 x 27.0 x 8.5 feet.
4-cyl. 2 S.C.S.A. (10.5” x 13.5”) 4HRL type oil engine made by Crossley Bros Ltd, Manchester. 220 BHP.
2.1944: Launched by H.Scarr Ltd, Hessle, (Yard No. 438) for the Ministry of War Transport, (T. J. Metcalf, managers.)
6.4.1944: Completed.
1946: Sold to T. B. McEwen, London (Shipbroker).
1946: Sold to Per Bjorn Hansen, Norway, and renamed FIA.
1947: Sold to Rolf Bjornholdt & Company, Norway, and renamed MONTY.
7.1.1951: Whilst on a voyage from Heroya to Trondheim with fertiliser*, encountered heavy weather, sprang leaks and sank.
8.1.1951: Wreckage washed ashore.

*Was her fertiliser cargo in liquid form?

Lloyd’s Wreck Book states that her Master radioed that “water was over her hatches* which would imply that she been converted to a dry-cargo vessel like some other Chants, although this had not been detailed in Lloyd’s Register by the time she was lost..

Any help welcome

Bill

ted nutt
23rd February 2011, 09:30
Morning Bill,just looked in 1950/51 register,they have her still having 8 Bulkheads alot for a cargo vessel that size.Ted

Runrig
23rd February 2011, 11:51
Dag Bakka's book "Langs kysten i femti år" notes that she was rebuilt as a dry cargo ship at Drammen in 1947.

His information differs slightly from yours. He says she was sold to Per Bjørn-Hansens Rederi in June 1947 and was then renamed MONTY. He has no mention of the name FIA.